How to Get to LAX from UCLA

  • November 21, 2019
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Many Bruins will be heading home for the holidays as they look forward to spending time with loved ones. But what they probably aren't looking forward to figuring out how to get to the airport, especially now that the LAX FlyAway service from Westwood has been discontinued. Fortunately there are other ways to get to LAX from UCLA, especially if you don't want to ask a friend for that all-too-dreaded favor of driving you to the airport.

Culver CityBus

The most affordable way to get to LAX is by taking the Line 6 Culver CityBus. It has convenient stops on campus and in Westwood Village, and takes you to the Metro Green Line Aviation Station where you can connect with a free shuttle to the airport. Get there faster with the Rapid 6 which arrives every 15 minutes during weekday morning and evening peak hours.

UCLA affiliates can ride on Culver CityBus for only $0.70 with the UCLA Co-Pay when paying with a UCLA TAP Card, or $0.80 with cash by showing your BruinCard to the driver. If you have a BruinGo! pass, unlimited rides on Culver CityBus are already included.

Riding Lyft or Uber

Ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber are a popular way to get to the airport. But you can ride sustainably and save money by taking a Lyft Shared ride or UberPool, which match you with others going in the same direction and are cheaper than standard Lyft or Uber rides. When ride-hailing from campus, make sure you're picked up at one of our designated pick-up zones and follow these safety tips.

If you need a Lyft or Uber after your return flight to LAX, be aware that ride-hailing companies can no longer pick up at the curb. You'll need to take a free shuttle to the new LAX-it pickup area and meet your driver there. You can still get dropped off at the curb when arriving at LAX for your departing flight.

Taking a Shuttle

Airport shuttles such as Prime Time Shuttle are another option for a shared ride to LAX. Make sure to compare prices to find an affordable option that works for you.

Hopefully these tips take some of the stress out of holiday travel, and remember however you ride to LAX, always allow extra time!

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